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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (White)

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Product Highlights
  • 14.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • 3.0" Smart Touch LCD Screen
  • 24mm Leica DC Vario-Elmar Lens
  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • Built-In GPS Functionality
  • 10fps High Speed Burst Shooting
  • Light Speed AF
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video Capture
  • Manual Control
  • High Dynamic Range and Power O.I.S.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (White) has a 20x super zoom Leica lens that ranges from an  ultra wide-angle 24mm (35mm equivalent) to an extremely long 480mm (35mm equivalent) telephoto lens. There's a high resolution 14.1MP MOS sensor, full 1920 x 1080 60p high definition video with Dolby stereo sound, and focusing as fast as 0.1 second.

POWER O.I.S. image stabilization helps keep your images sharp and clear, even shooting in dim light, taking extreme close-up macro shots, or using the longest telephoto setting. There's also an Active Mode stabilization that helps to keep your videos from jumping around when you're moving while shooting. The Venus Engine processor and Intelligent Noise Reduction System deliver superb image quality. A host of creative functions and modes like Intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama Shot, burst shooting of 10 frames per second at full 14.1MP resolution, and multiple color modes will help you make every photo and every video you create an inspiration.

There's also built-in GPS for geo-tagging your pictures, and displaying the location from any of the more than 1,000,000 landmarks included. Intelligent ISO control/motion detection, AF tracking for moving subjects, and touch-screen operation of focus, exposure, AF tracking, zoom, and manual operation make this one of the easiest cameras to use available today. A 3D photo mode lets you explore the 3D world with your photos and the Handheld Night Shot mode allows you to take gorgeous photos at night without a tripod. The large, bright 3" 460K-dot LCD makes composing and viewing your images a treat.

All of this comes in a compact package that measures just 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.1" and weighs only 6.49 oz.

Lens Performance

Powerful 20x Optical Zoom
The DMC-ZS20's powerful 20x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm; 28-560mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording) draws your subjects right up close, and lets you freely capture decisive sports scenes, along with the natural expressions of people and animals, and details that you can't see with the naked eye. In addition, this single camera lets you record 20x zoom in video recording.
40x Intelligent Zoom
The Intelligent Zoom is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom, however, you can even draw the subject 2x closer than the original optical zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. This means the 20x optical can virtually extend to 40x equivalent.
24mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens
The 24mm ultra wide-angle lens - rare on a compact camera - gives you a wider range of composition possibilities with approx. 213% larger viewing space compared to that of a 35mm lens. The high-quality Leica DC lens minimizes distortion at the wide end.
Leica DC Vario-Elmar Lens
Newly developed Leica DC lens system that achieves both high image quality and small size is redesigned to further extend its powerful zoom to 20x (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm). Comprising 12 elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces and 2 ED lenses, adoption of ultra thin lens for its new structure optical system makes the unit's overall length short to fit in the slim body despite its versatile zoom range from 24mm ultra wide-angle to 20x telephoto.
Nano Surface Coating
The Panasonic's black box technology Nano Surface Coating boasts extremely low reflectance ratio and it is applied to DMC-ZS20 for exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity by minimizing flaring and ghosts.
POWER O.I.S.
The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed. The POWER O.I.S. also works for powerful zoom shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake in a compact camera. Active mode is effective for video recording.

Shooting Functions

Creative Control / Creative Retouch
You can add different effects by applying one of the filters both in the recording mode (Creative Control) and the playback mode (Creative Retouch). Includes modes such as Expressive, Low Key, Retro, High Dynamic, Soft Focus, Sepia, Toy Effect, High Key, Dynamic Monochrome, and Miniature Effect.
Panorama Shot
The Panorama Shot Mode makes it is possible to shoot a 360-degree horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture.
Auto Retouch
The Auto Retouch function adjusts contrast and brightness to give different impression to the photo with just a press of a button. Appropriate retouch is automatically applied depending on the image - if the image was shot too dark, it can be made clear and bright with this function.
Intelligent Handheld Night Shot
The Intelligent Handheld Night Shot in the iA Mode facilitates sharp, beautiful photos at night by multi-layering the images automatically shot consecutively. Bright, glamorous night scenery can be recorded without using a tripod. The Handheld Night Shot Mode is also available in the Scene Mode.
3D Photo Mode
The 3D Photo Mode produces a 3D image in the camera. The image-processing method records beautiful images with less distortion or visible image links. 20 panning shots are taken and the camera selects the two most suitable images - one for the right eye and one for the left eye - to synthesize a 3D composite.

Response

0.1 Sec Light Speed AF
The DMC-ZS20 boasts the approx. 0.1 second of Light Speed AF that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunity. You can quickly focus on moving subjects, such as when you're shooting sports or animals.
10 fps With 14.1MP Full Resolution
The newly developed MOS sensor lets the DMC-ZS20 shoot 10 fps in 14MP full resolution (max. 10 images) with mechanical shutter. You can take a series of shots, then choose the ones you like the best.
5 fps / 2 fps With AF Tracking
You can snap off consecutive shots at approx. 5 fps or 2 fps with AF Tracking (max. 100 images).
60 fps in 3.5MP Resolution
Even higher-speed burst shooting is possible when the electronic shutter and a lower resolution are used.
Intelligent Burst Mode
The Intelligent Burst Shooting automatically sets the frame rate of burst shooting according to the subject's movement.
Touch AF Tracking
Once the AF subject is selected by touch control, it continues to track the subject even if it moves until you press the shutter. When you're taking images of active children, pets, sports scenes or any other moving subjects, this function eliminates the need to press the shutter button halfway down repeatedly to readjust the focus. Quick AF and 23-Area AF are also featured.

Image Quality

14.1MP MOS Sensor
The 14.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor is newly developed for the DMC-ZS20 for even higher image quality. This boasts better S/N ratio compared with the 14.1MP MOS sensor in the DMC-ZS10. Together with the performance of the Venus Engine, the quality of an image shot in low-light situations is dramatically improved, reducing the noise to 1/2 level.
Venus Engine
The DMC-ZS20's Venus Engine processes large amounts of progressive full HD data at high speed. At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine produces a super-fast response time.
Intelligent Noise Reduction System
The excellent S/N ratio of the MOS sensor and the Intelligent Noise Reduction system in the Venus Engine give both photos and videos shot at any sensitivity from low to high outstanding clarity.
Multi-Process Noise Reduction System
Newly developed Multi-Process Noise Reduction applies optimum noise reduction according to the brightness of the part of the image. Images recorded in low-lit situations are now dramatically clear.
Intelligent HDR
The DMC-ZS20 integrates Intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range) in the iA Mode. Several still pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels are overlaid to produce a single composite picture with greatly improved contrast. The HDR Mode is also available in the Scene Mode.
Intelligent Resolution Technology
Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, Intelligent Resolution precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way according to the area. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp.
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
In the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments in both photo and video recording. The Intelligent Resolution technology, 40x Intelligent Zoom and Intelligent Burst are always activated in the iA Mode.
Shake Detection--POWER O.I.S.
Gyrosensors detect hand-shaking and the O.I.S. lens shifts to compensate, helping prevent blurring caused by hand-shaking.
Motion Deblur
The Motion Deblur Mode judges the appropriate shutter speed and suppresses motion blur. The shutter speed rises as high as possible activating the high-sensitivity recording by pixel mixed readout method.
Motion Detection--Intelligent ISO Control
The Intelligent ISO Control function detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions.
Face Recognition
The Face Recognition function remembers faces that have been registered in the camera and provides the faces with optimal focus and exposure.
Face Detection--Face Detection AF/AE
The Face Detection function detects faces anywhere in the frame and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure. The Face Detection also features the Digital Red-eye Correction (Red-eye Removal) in photo recording.
Subject Detection--AF Tracking
Once you focus on your subject, the AF Tracking automatically and continuously tracks it and keeps it in focus and proper exposure.
Scene Detection--Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions and automatically selects a Scene Mode: Photo (Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait*6, Night Scenery, Sunset or Handheld Night Shot), Video (Scenery, Portrait, Macro or Low Light).
Happy Mode
The Happy Mode optimizes color, saturation and brightness to make images more vivid and true to the color of the scene you remember.
Light Detection--Intelligent Exposure
The Intelligent Exposure corrects the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash. This produces natural images that are closer to the way they actually look to the human eyes.
Intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Several still pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels are overlaid to produce a single composite picture without whiteout (over-exposure) or blackout (under-exposure).
Easy Manual Control / Custom Mode
The DMC-ZS20 provides easy-to-use manual controls. A total of 4 custom setting patterns can also be memorized to the camera (1 on C1 and 3 on C2).
Manual Exposure Mode
You can set both the aperture and shutter speed. The Manual Exposure Assist function shows how much your setting differs from the setting the camera considers optimal. This serves as a convenient guide for anyone using the Manual Exposure Mode.
Aperture-Priority Mode
The Aperture-Priority mode lets you open the aperture up wide for impressive portraits and flowers with softly focused backgrounds.
Shutter-Priority Mode
Fast shutter speeds can be used to freeze moving subjects, and slow shutter speeds can create a motion blur that exaggerates the feeling of movement.
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set / White Balance Adjustment
3.0", 460K-Dot Smart Touch-screen
The large 3.0" LCD lets you operate the auto focus and shutter release at the same time with just a touch. When playing back, you can drag the image across the screen with a finger to browse a collection of photos, or scroll the map to play geo-tagged images.
AC / USB Battery Charging
The DMC-ZS20 offers USB power charging in addition to the conventional AC power supply. The energy-saving Venus Engine and the efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery let you take approx. 260 shots on a single battery charge.
Additional Functions
Built-In Memory, Focus Range Display, Travel Date Setting, Copy, Guide Line, Zoom Resume, Real-Time Histogram, Minimum Shutter Speed, and World Time Setting.

Video

1920 x 1080 60p (NTSC) Full HD Video in AVCHD Progressive Format
The DMC-ZS20 can record high-resolution full HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. Upgrading the full HD recording capability from interlaced to progressive, subjects with fast motion or fine details are reproduced even more clearly. A special, dedicated button lets you instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra settings. The DMC-ZS20 can also record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 30p (NTSC) videos in MP4 format. This format is suitable for editing videos on a computer or uploading those to websites.
60p NTSC Progressive Recording
1080/60p progressive recording conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. Whereas interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture. It creates intricate detail and silky smooth motion. Even when subjects move quickly, afterimages are minimized to create more natural images.
POWER O.I.S. With Active Mode
The Active Mode effectively suppresses blur in video recording especially at wide angle while walking or playing with your children. In addition, it's an optical system so there's no image degradation. It's especially good for active video shooting.
High Quality Sound
Incorporating a stereo zoom microphone, the videos also come with the high-quality stereo sound of Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, to offer highly realistic sound to the video. Mechanical noise caused by a zooming operation is suppressed to improve the clearness.
20x Optical Zoom in Video Recording
The powerful 20x optical zoom with 2-step zoom function is available in video recording.
Auto Wind Cut Function
The Auto Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind automatically making the human voice stand out.
Creative Control
The Creative Control renders highly unique expressions by matching the colors to your subject and surroundings. In Miniature Effect Mode, the video recorded is played back in 10x fast-forwarding for humorous effect.
High-Speed Video
High-speed videos at 220 fps in QVGA size (320 x 240 pixels) let you capture scenes that you can't see with the naked eye, and play them back in dramatic slow motion.
Additional Functions
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode/Scene Mode: The camera makes the optimal settings automatically.
Still Image Recording: It is possible to take a still image while recording video simultaneously. The picture size is fixed to 3.5MP (16:9).
Cut Animation: You can cut out a clear still image from a video in the camera thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.
Video Divide: You can divide a single video into two parts using only the camera.

Archive and Share

3D Image Viewer / VIERA Link
Photos or videos recorded in AVCHD on SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV. Simply insert the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card slot) on VIERA TV or Blu-ray Disc players to playback your contents. With the DMC-ZS20, you can use an optional HDMI mini cable to output images you took from the camera directly to the TV for VIERA Link. The pictures taken with the 3D Photo Mode via the 3D Image Viewer offers you a whole new exciting experience.
LUMIX Image Uploader
You can upload images to Facebook (photos and videos) and YouTube (videos) with simple operation.
PHOTOfunSTUDIO
The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.1 Premium Edition makes it possible to sort and organize photos and videos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your computer with quick start-up and fast read-in of images. Recorded videos can be edited with the Short Movie Story function and written into MPEG2 to burn onto a BD / DVD disc. You can also enjoy making photos and videos slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music. It is also possible to put a title or add comments on the scene utilizing the information from the people's names registered in Face Recognition.
Additional Functions
Slideshow With Music, Category Playback, Set Favorites, Cropping (Trimming), DPOF Print Setting, Title Edit/Text Stamp, PictBridge Compatible, 12/30 Thumbnails Display, Set Protection, Calendar Display, and Resize.

GPS Function

GPS System with World Map Information
The DMC-ZS20 is acclaimed as an excellent travel companion because of a host of travel-friendly functions represented by the built-in GPS system. You can copy the map data of a designated city to an SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card out of an included map DVD which holds detailed maps of approx. 90 countries worldwide on a scale of 1/25,000.
Shooting
The LUMIX GPS displays not only latitudes and longitudes, but also the name of the Country/Region, State/Prov./County, County/Township, City/Town/Village and Landmark. The area information covers 203 countries or regions for global use. Plus, landmark information for more than 1,000,000 places covers 82 countries or regions.
My Location
You can get geographic information even in unfamiliar places to find out where you are and what landmarks are nearby.
Easy to Set
Simply select "GPS" and shoot, and latitude and longitude information is recorded to the EXIF data on the photo or video.
Auto Clock Setting
The internal clock of the camera is automatically adjusted to the local time of the place where the camera is.
My Landmark Function
You can even create your own landmarks for your home or any place else you like, with a maximum of 50 places.
Playback
The photos and videos with the location names are automatically sorted in the virtual folder alphabetically in the camera allowing quick reach.
Playback on Map Information
The geo-tagged images can be played back along with a map so that you can trace your trip on the map and with your photos at the same time.
Archive
You can refer to the location names via the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.1 Premium Edition. It's also easy to sort or search images by the location names.
Share
Geo-tagged images can be pinpointed on the maps of social media Internet maps to be shared with your friends and family.
The Map Data of Designated City
You can copy the map data of designated city to a memory card out of a bundled map DVD.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 15.3 Megapixel
Effective: 14.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.33" MOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO
Movies: MJPEG, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC
Max Resolution 14MP: 4,320 x 3,240
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Optics
Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmar, 12 elements in 10 groups
3 Aspherical, 2 ED
EFL: 4.3-86 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-480 mm)
Aperture: f/3.3 (W) - 6.4 (T) to f/8
Zoom Optical: 20x
Optical: 28.1x
Optical: 33.8x
Optical: 42.2x
Intelligent Zoom: 40x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 19.69" (50 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 6.56' (2.00 m) - Infinity
Wide Macro: 1.18" (3 cm) - Infinity
Tele Macro: 3.28' (1 m) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100-3200 (High Sensitivity Mode: 1600-6400)
Shutter 15 - 1/2000 sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Bracketing, Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Incandescent, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 40 fps at 5 MP
Up to 60 fps at 2.5 MP
Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Off
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.97 - 21.00' (0.6 - 6.4 m)
Telephoto: 3.28 - 10.83' (1.0 - 3.3 m)
Memory
Built-in Memory 12MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 4GB or 29 Minutes 59 SecLimited by Memory Card Capacity
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (460,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7X 1
Please Note:

Mac OS 9.x, OS X

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Power
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 895mAh
AC Power Adapter Input: 110 - 240 VAC (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.1" / 10.5 x 5.9 x 2.8 cm
Weight 6.49 oz / 184 g Camera only
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (White)
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • DVD (Map Included)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicLumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 245 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (157)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (80)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (209)
    • Zoom range/performance (208)
    • Good image quality (206)
    • Compact (188)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (176)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (56)
    • Short battery life (36)
    • Lag / shutter delay (12)
    • Poor flash (8)
    • No image stabilization (4)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (183)
    • Family photos (166)
    • Landscape/scenery (164)
    • Sports/action (97)
    • Video (96)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (101), Photo enthusiast (96), Semi-pro photographer (28), Photography student (7), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (205), Yes (29)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Impressive!

    I've been waiting for the latest to upgrade from my Lumix ZR3 and I found it.
    Picture quality is at least as good as from the ZR3 which is pretty darn good for a...Read complete review

    I've been waiting for the latest to upgrade from my Lumix ZR3 and I found it.
    Picture quality is at least as good as from the ZR3 which is pretty darn good for a pocket camera. Most impressive, aside from the 24mm to 480mm zoom is the burst speed. It just captures anything that moves including my dog in full flight. Everything is much faster. Autofocus is nearly instant. HD movie is of fantastic quality and with stereo sound. Menus are easy to navigate, even without my reading glasses. The zoom works very quiet and smooth and the camera has a nice grip and feel.
    Getting back to picture quality, it is as good as I would expect from a camera this size. I also took the Canon S100 home and have decided that the slightly better IQ is not worth missing out on all the extra features that this ZS20 has, including faster focus,faster burst speed and of course the 20x zoom. Much to my own surprise, it's the Canon that has to go back.

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    ZS20 problem

    After extensive IQ testing of a ZS20 unit and comparison with my ZS7 it became obvious the ZS20 I got suffered from a rather large area of the image (about 25% in lower right...Read complete review

    After extensive IQ testing of a ZS20 unit and comparison with my ZS7 it became obvious the ZS20 I got suffered from a rather large area of the image (about 25% in lower right quadrant) being out of focus. The excessive noise and randomly blotchy areas can be seen at 100X in photos taken even at 100ISO at different focal lengths and are quite unsettling. At higher ISOs (above 400) the noise is annoyingly distinct. The color rendition though as well as the HDR function are excellent. The slow motion, 3D and panoramic modes render images of somewhat disappointingly low resolution although are quite impressive and entertaining (and can be useful). The extreme zoom function is remarkable in itself thanks to the outstanding OIS, though hardly useful for anything but amazement and curiosity.

    The video function is outstanding!

    Hope these deficiencies are only found in that single unit I got and will be absent in the next one I ordered as replacement.

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    4.0

    Excellent compact camera.

    By pablax

    from Montevideo, Uruguay

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor Flash

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

    I bought it, since my baby born, to take good pics everywhere i go.
    Versatile, compact, perfect for travel. Great zoom for its size. I have an DMC -FZ40 also, but never touched it since i bought this new one. Its much more confortable carry a small versatile camera.
    The only thing i have to regret is the night indoor shots, and its flash.
    Its FullHD Video is excellent!

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    1.0

    Nice camera, but has mechanical issues.

    By Chief G

    from Maryland

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lens Cover Failed
    • Video Not So Good
    • Zoom Rocker Stuck

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

    I liked the camera's features and nice, sharp images. The viewfinder is very good. Unfortunately the protective lens shutter jammed within the first year and had to be returned under warranty. It was repaired and returned. The problem has occurred again and is intermittent. The sutter won't close or open all the way, and when it's only partially open it causes significant vignetting.

    Video shot with this camera is mediocre, it's ok in a pinch, but don't expect great video.

    In addition to this problem, the zoom rocker became very stiff and sticky, for no apparent reason. Due to these reliability problems, I cannot recommend this camera.

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    5.0

    Everything in one small package

    By Mikey

    from Trussville, AL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor Flash

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

    The wide angle is perfect for group shots. The 20X zoom is fantastic. The anti shake mode works great. I can get great hand held available light shots.

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    5.0

    Very Good Camera:)

    By Ania

    from Illinois,Chicago

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

      Nice body,good quality,I like it!

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Awesome Camera

      By Audrie

      from San Antonio, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

          Love the GPS feature on it!!

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          5.0

          Bang for the buck

          By Kayaker

          from Great White North

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good Point Shoot Camera
          • Great Zoom
          • LEICA LENS

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Low light noise

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

          Two years ago I biught a ZS15 as I could not afford the ZS20. This time around at $ and needing an all around camera for one of the kids, I selected the ZS20 that is now almost half what I used to sell for 2 years ago. Compared it to a number Panasonic Lumix (XS25, XS30, ZS40, LX5, LX7), as well as Canona (SX280, etc.), and a number of Nikon and Sony Point & Shoots as well as a couple of mirrorless and 3/4 formats before going with the ZS20. So far it has not disappointed. It has a Leica Lense.

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          5.0

          What a difference a camera can make!!!

          By Jungle Boy

          from Ontario, Canada

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

            I am not at all a camera person. So, I had a friend, who is, recommend a camera that would best meet my needs. This was her choice. I am not a techy kind of person, and therefore I need technology that is willing to meet me somewhere in the middle. This is indeed "the camera for me". It has far more capability than I could ever want, and almost all of it is staged so that I can easily move from, 'point and shoot' with intelligent cababilities, to 'user aided' experimentation, to independent control of the various advanced capacities of the camera. I love this camera! I could not be happier. It is the first piece of technology that I have ever owned that helps me to become increasingly more experimental and independent the more that I use it. I took it on a two week trip into the jungles, and onto the coasts of Mexico, and it seemed incapable of taking a bad photo of 'no matter what' I aimed the camera at, in 'no matter what' kind of lighting or day conditions. I do not know how I ever survived without it. It is reliable, easy to use, and facillitates my learning experience. It has become a new constant, and best friend. If I were asked to comment on, "things that aren't so great about it" this would be that it does not yet cook me dinner. Other than that it is a miracle.

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            • No

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            5.0

            My First Camera 'Upgrade'

            By ballpark_frank

            from Bay City, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

            • Poor Image Stabilization

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

            First, my older camera had a very limited zoom feature, so that was one of the major things I was looking for (and which I love about this camera). I mainly roam around my local area, taking landscape photos, shots of buildings, and many photographs along the nature trails here. I've always been frustrated when I see wildlife (birds, deer, etc.), knowing full well that I wouldn't be able to get a detailed shot of them. So, that's the main feature that sold me on this camera. As for things which aren't so 'great,' I'm not too qualified to actually make any statements along those lines, other than the fact that I'm a little hesitant to 'use' the camera - by that, I mean I try to handle it with more than extreme care, but I should be able to finally get a feel for it soon.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very nice camera for the money

            By jp8nuu

            from mesa,az

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

              Easy to use

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              1.0

              dont waste your money

              By Alan

              from Oceanside, New York

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                    After one year, error message on screen says "error message zoom", which means, there is a tiny piece of something that is screwing up the camera. I looked it up and it is a very common problem with this camera....to fix it csts more than to buy a new one...

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Panasonic Lumix-First non Nikon camera

                    By JMSUT

                    from Davis County, Utah

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I love the versatility, the panaramic feature, the colors, the ease of understanding the settings and how to set them up. I have a great eye for framing a picture but setting up our Nikon D200 has always been a negative experience for me. I love this camera. It was rated well for battery life, number of pics per battery charge and short shutter delays, all things I personally rate at the top of my list. We've only had it a week so as far as durability and dependability I shall have to wait and see. So far great! I did buy an extra battery and external charger to be able to charge both in camera and externally at night for no disappointments filming in Hawaii. A practical investment and inexpensive.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      As expected

                      By David

                      from NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                          Quick Picture processing

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                          5.0

                          The best Camera I ever purchased

                          By Randy

                          from Jersey City, Nj

                          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                          This camera is the best after messing with it and fining the right settings takes superb photos I highly recommend you to get this camera takes clear pictures videos is awesome what more can I say about this camera but that's my feel on this try it out and see for yourself on how this camera is.

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                          4.0

                          Extraordinaria

                          By Horace

                          from San Nicolás, argentina

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                            Muy simple de usar

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            alot for the price

                            By Stick

                            from Jax,Fla,USA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Not too small
                            • Short Lag Time

                            Cons

                            • No Wifi

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                            fits my big hands well. Pictures are good, for a small sensor P&S. Zoom is very cool, Leica lens is hard to beat at this price.
                            I would rather it had WiFi than GPS. Fast enough and easy for me to pocket.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great little camera

                            By Andi

                            from Athens, GA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                              This is a perfect little camera that does just about everything. I highly recommend it. It's small and compact. The only thing I wish it had was a German menu.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              Great Little Camera

                              By Lynn

                              from Norfolk, VA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Short Lag Time
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                              • No Viewfinder

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Video

                              Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                              I bought this camera to use as my all purpose carry around camera. It's small enough to fit in my purse, but is packed with features. I love how easy and fast it is to change settings, the incredible zoom range, and its great looking photos and video. One minor thing I've noticed is that even though it has a great zoom range, it's hard to control when using the lever around the shutter button because it zooms pretty fast. Even though the photos OOC are really sharp and colorful, I do wish the camera had sharpness, contrast, saturation, noise reduction controls like the FZ150 has and a little viewfinder would be nice to use when it's too bright outside to see the LCD. Other than those minor quibbles, I think its a great little camera that takes great pictures and amazing videos.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Recommended by photo buff - sound choice

                              By Gerry

                              from Kennett Square, PA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Short Lag Time
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                              • No Viewfinder

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                              A semi-professional photographer friend recommended I purchase this camera. He owns one himself. It is easy to use as a point and shoot, but has many features of a more expensive camera. Great camera to take to sporting events because of speed and size. Small enough to fit in your pocket. Plan to leave my SLR home when traveling. It will take some time to take full advantage of its features. But, from day 1 I was able to take excellent pictures.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 9
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              4.0

                              good camera

                              By lumix-owner

                              from jerusalem, israel

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                                    the camera works as described. it produces decent quality photos. it's a bit bulky, but still possible to fit in one's pocket. it's a little confusing to figure out the features and it would be nice if a proper manual was included, instead of a disk with a pdf. sometimes i can force the flash on with the settings -- but sometimes it does not have such an option.

                                    recently, i took a bunch of photos in the morning, facing the sun. they appeared to come out well. but when i off-loaded them to my computer, they have glare and do not show up well. i did not have similar issues with previous cameras.

                                    nevertheless, on the whole, it is a good camera and the photo quality and ease of usability is good.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great camera in its class

                                    By Ed W

                                    from Houston TX

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Great Zoom
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Small / Compact

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                                      I did a lot of online research before choosing the ZS20. Because it is a year older than the comparable ZS30, it is a lot cheaper. The differences between the two will not affect me much. Lots of sites compare the two, FYI. B&H had a lower price than almost everyplace else. The camera works fine, for movies, stills, and it's easy to navigate it's menus. I'm very satisfied with it.

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